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STREET GAMES

Brown, Rosellen.

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ISBN 10: 0385098979 / ISBN 13: 9780385098977
Published by Doubleday., Garden City:, 1974
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Brown. A little wear at the foot of the spine. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 12228

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Title: STREET GAMES

Publisher: Doubleday., Garden City:

Publication Date: 1974

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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A collection of stories--several of which were O. Henry Award-winners--which allrown's point of view is never merely spectatorial; . . . one has a powerful sense of receiving knowledge about the complex substance of her characters' everyday experience--as they themselves perceive it.--Saturday Review of Literature.

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Each story in Street Games takes place at one of fourteen specific addresses on George Street in Brooklyn, New York. At "268, Corner Leon. I Am Not Luis Beech-Nut," Luis talks, in a fretful and day-dreaming monologue, about himself - "Little shit, this Luis" - and his life as the owner of a corner store, where all day long people are "going by the store so fast you think I'm selling the plague in here two for a dollar." From "245, Migdalia Colon's third floor rear," an unnamed wife thanks her recently dead, drug-addicted husband for dying before he "had to hock your children's eyes and little toes," and celebrates the right to call herself "I" instead of "we:" "I.I.I.I... I want to put it on the mailbox. Use it for my signature. Frame it and hang it on the wall all gold... Show it around like a fat new baby. It's the best baby we never had, the one I made myself, after the children had gone to bed, just before you died." At "259, Upper Duplex," a young, liberal white bureaucrat laments: "I am too bored to move." Through an impressive variety of voices and accents, Rosellen Brown reveals moments in the lives of a few people on George Street, a neighborhood teaming with connections, a hard street in hard times that is alive with anger and love. -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen

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